Jim Richards is the executive director of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention. He pastored for twenty-one years in Louisiana, later serving as Director of Missions in Bentonville, Arkansas. He has traveled and ministered in all 50 states and 19 countries. He has authored the books, Revelation: The Best is Yet to Come, Embracing the Ends of the Earth and Encouraging Words for Difficult Days. He writes a regular column in the TEXAN newsmagazine and has contributed to numerous periodicals and newspapers. Dr. Richards and his wife, June, have three children and three grandchildren.